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Gallery: 2016 Santa Barbara Acoustic Instrument Celebration

Showcasing hundreds of drool-worthy, handcrafted instruments, a new U.S. guitar show makes its successful debut.


LeGeyt Guitars

This small-body steel-string from Boston-based Burton LeGeyt has a distinctive cutaway designed to maximize the guitar’s internal space. It also features a buttressed neck attachment and lightweight construction that LeGeyt claims allows for this smaller guitar to be louder and more responsive. “I am influenced by ‘sacred’ geometry or the strict adherence to geometric principles found in Buddhist and Renaissance painting,” says LeGeyt. “I incorporate these relationships into each of my shapes and appointments, and I feel it enhances the overall unity and beauty of the designs.”

The inaugural Santa Barbara Acoustic Instrument Celebration was held September 29 to October 2 in sunny coastal California. The event brought hundreds of top luthiers and players who displayed their craftsmanship, gave seminars, and held intimate concerts. The Earl Warren Showgrounds served as a fitting venue, as in decades past it hosted concerts from such acts as Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, the Beach Boys, the Doors, Cream, the Grateful Dead, and Janis Joplin.

The show pulled widely from Canada and Europe, with heavy representation from the U.S. West Coast. Also on sale were top-grade woods, inlay materials, and custom bindings. Luthiers were open with their time, and many fans enjoyed hearing builders talk shop. Among the visitors was Santa Barbara resident and guitar pickup guru, Seymour Duncan, who could be seen checking out all the beautiful instruments on display.